For anyone who spent a warm summer evening in Montreal sitting out on the porch, sipping a cold one and listening to Dave Van Horne and Duke Snider call an Expos game, this is a sad day.
The Duke of Flatbush – one of three great centrefielders New York baseball fans were privileged to watch in the 1950s – was 84.
During my one season of covering the Expos, for the Montreal Star in 1979, Duke would tirelessly tease me about how badly I dressed.
It was always a great pleasure – and an education – to hear him talk, off-air, about baseball.
• A plaque for Jackie Robinson’s Montreal house